David Miller

David F. Miller is combining his passions of photography and working on the web at iStockphoto; when not hacking away with a text editor and a few web browsers in hand, he can be seen huddled over his laptop tweaking levels and curves for his freelance photography. Keep track of David's latest projects over at his home on the web.

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History Repeats Itself

April 03 2008

It seems as though history has repeated itself. Not long after Apple released the first version of Aperture (just over two years ago), Adobe released a public beta of Lightroom to tide people over. And now, not long after Apple... read more

Previewing Images in the Navigator

March 27 2008

I’m not sure at what point this snuck into Lightroom’s preferences (it could very well have been there since the initial release), but somewhere along the way it managed to become unchecked: the “Show photos in navigator on mouse-over”... read more

Lightroom 1.4

March 14 2008

Hot off the press is Lightroom 1.4 (and its companion, Camera Raw 4.4). Check out Adobe’s Lightroom Journal to see what’s new (or cut straight to the release notes); the short and sweet of it includes: support for recently introduced... read more

Lightroom's Toolbar

March 10 2008

Lightroom’s interface is strongly segregated among the tasks the application is designed to tackle: organizing, developing, and exporting your photos to various media. Accordingly, only the relevant tools and information are presented to you, depending on where you happen... read more

Preview Channel Clipping

February 27 2008

The histogram panel in Lightroom is a jewel that you should keep your eye on at all times while developing your photo (hence why Adobe made it possible to “dock” it in place while the other modules in the... read more

Fine-Tuning Your Selection for Importing Files

February 15 2008

After importing a batch of photos into Lightroom, I’ve recently—for better or for worse—formed the habit of not formatting the memory card until well after the photos are in my catalog and they’ve been backed up to an external... read more

Filtering by Creator in the Metadata Browser

February 07 2008

James Duncan Davidson’s last post, Copyright and Metadata, expounded on Lightroom’s ability to painlessly embed the creator (& copyright) information in your photos (both within the master—or sidecar—files and exported copies). I just want to touch upon one other beneficial... read more

Don’t Forget to Push Your Boundaries

January 31 2008

Shortly after reading the last post from fellow Inside Lightroom blogger, I was browsing through my catalog of images and came across an image that I had given a little more “attention” to than others. Generally speaking, I don’t... read more

Make Your Buildings Stand Out

January 23 2008

Looking through my catalog in Lightroom, I’ve noticed that almost all of my favourite shots taken in the past few months full under the “Architecture” category (er, keyword). I’m sure there’s some sort of explanation for this, but I’m not... read more

Simulate a Polarizing Filter After the Fact

January 16 2008

On a recent getaway to San Francisco I realized that I had left my polarizing filter behind after heading out to hoof around the city for a day. I was kicking myself for being so thoughtless as the early... read more

Uncovering Hidden Gems

January 09 2008

We all know how easy Lightroom makes it to sort through the “rejects”, “maybes”, and “keepers” in your catalog. But be sure to pay extra attention when filing through your shots before heaving them into the trash, as you... read more

What's in the Pipe for 2008?

January 02 2008

Only one thing is a “for sure” in 2008: the Date category in your metadata browser will have another entry added to it. Apart from that, what else will happen? It safe to say that 2008 will surely be another... read more

Happy Holidays

December 27 2007

I hope 2007 was a great year for everyone! Remember to put the camera down over the holiday and enjoy your time with friends and family, and I hope the New Year brings in everything you could want —... read more

Printing on Leopard with Lightroom

December 19 2007

For those photographers out there that are running Lightroom on Leopard and are still struggling with Lightroom's print quality (or lack thereof), be sure to keep tabs on [this post](http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2007/12/printing_on_leopard_with_l ight.html) from Adobe's Tom Hogarty over at the [Lightroom Journal](http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/). read more

Tracking Your Photos Outside of Lightroom

December 17 2007

In my quest to track my photos out in the wild, I’ve settled upon an efficient but slightly–less–than–ideal solution: drag the photos in question from Lightroom (both the filmstrip and grid will work as drag sources) to my destination of... read more

Tracking Your Photos: The Next Step?

December 17 2007

My last post describes how I started (loosely) keeping track of where my photos end up. For example, my photos published in Fast Forward have the “Fast Forward” keyword applied to them through my “Exported” keyword set. However, I’d like... read more

Tracking Your Photos Outside of Lightroom

December 12 2007

In my quest to track my photos out in the wild, I’ve settled upon an efficient but slightly–less–than–ideal solution: drag the photos in question from Lightroom (both the filmstrip and grid will work as drag sources) to my destination of... read more

Tracking Your Photos: The Next Step?

December 05 2007

My last post describes how I started (loosely) keeping track of where my photos end up. For example, my photos published in Fast Forward have the “Fast Forward” keyword applied to them through my “Exported” keyword set. However, I’d like... read more

Track Your Photos Out in the Wild

November 28 2007

Lightroom’s keywording infrastructure is pretty straightforward: by applying any number of keywords to your photos, you are essentially creating a catalog that can be searched through to retrieve photos that match your desired criteria. I have been pretty diligent about... read more

Track Your Photos Out in the Wild

November 28 2007

Lightroom’s keywording infrastructure is pretty straightforward: by applying any number of keywords to your photos, you are essentially creating a catalog that can be searched through to retrieve photos that match your desired criteria. I have been pretty diligent about... read more

A Fresh Look at Lightroom

November 21 2007

In the world that goes in my laptop, I find that there are few things more refreshing than grabbing an updated piece of software that I rely on and taking a walk through its halls, both in familiar and unfamiliar... read more

Google Maps and Lightroom

November 14 2007

After picking up my bags (and other things) and moving to Southern California this past week, I did what I always do when arriving in a new location: I picked up my camera and headed out to take some... read more

Get The Most Out Of Lightroom On Older Hardware

November 07 2007

Not all of us have bleeding–edge hardware to run their processor and memory–hungry software on (*cough* Lightroom and Aperture *cough*). My mobile machine — a 3–year old 15” Powerbook (1.5 GHz G4 w/ 1.5 GB RAM) — is definitely... read more

My Lightroom Wishlist

October 31 2007

There are currently a lot of Mac users of Lightroom who are counting down the hours until Adobe releases a fix to get Lightroom working properly on Apple’s latest operating system, Leopard. From the recent announcements made, it sounds... read more

Adjusting Your Photos' Capture Time

October 24 2007

No matter how many times I take my camera with me to new destinations—whether it is across an ocean or just one timezone away—there is a common thread from one trip to the next: I can never remember to... read more

Take a Break

October 17 2007

While this entry is not specific to Lightroom per se — it is just as applicable to other imaging applications such as Aperture or even the duo of Camera Raw & Photoshop — it crystallized while sorting through a... read more

Temperature & Tint Save the Day

October 10 2007

George Mann’s previous post illustrated the effects of Lightroom’s white balance presets. In the event that one of the presets don’t fill your needs, you are, of course, free to set your own balance, either with the eyedropper (as... read more

Paint the Walls of Lightroom

October 04 2007

Adobe’s given Lightroom users a few options to customize the application’s interface to their liking: the abilitity to create an “identity plate” immediately comes to mind. There’s at least one more purely visual preference: the “end marks” that appear... read more

Traveling With Presets & Templates

September 26 2007

There have been a few posts recently that cover the benefits of traveling with Lightroom while on assignment, and I recently discussed the benefits of using presets to do some of your editing and cataloging dirty work. This post... read more

In This Corner, Vibrance; In the Other Corner, Saturation

September 19 2007

There are three adjustment sliders in the “Presence” section of the “Basic” panel in the Development module (whew, did you get all of that?): Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation. There have been a few posts here on Inside Lightroom about Clarity and how it affects your images. That leaves two… read more

Crop Guide Overlays

September 12 2007

Cropping and/or straightening your photos can be initiated in one of three ways: tapping the “r” key, selecting “View” and then “Crop” from the menu, or clicking the “Crop Overlay” button displayed in the command bar underneath your photos... read more

Clap On, Clap Off

September 05 2007

Lightroom’s Develop module has 7 groups of adjustment tools: ... read more

Export Actions do the Dirty Work

August 29 2007

Getting copies of your developed & processed images (whether they be JPEGs, PSDs, TIFFs) or your original RAW files out of Lightroom is just as easy as getting your untouched originals in to the application: simply select which files... read more

Better Living Through Metadata Presets

August 22 2007

After playing around with Lightroom you’ll grow familiar with its two faces: the first is that of a management & cataloging application (the Library module), the other is akin to an image editor (the Develop module). While I—and I’m sure I suffer from the same problem that afflicts most… read more

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